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The 3rd annual Dances With Dirt Green Swamp

Posted on 03 November 2010

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The 3rd annual Dances With Dirt Green Swamp will be held on Saturday February 12, 2011 in Pasco County, Withlacoochee River Park, Dade City, Florida. A 10K has been added for 2011!  Complete details can be found at www.danceswithdirt.com.

Check in is from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday and beginning at 5 a.m. on race morning.  The 50 mile race begins at 5:30 a.m. Florida gets cold at night in February, so temperature at “gun time” can vary between 30 – 50 degrees F. Once the sun is up, conditions moderate quickly and climb into the upper 70s.This is an opportunity to see Florida wilderness at its finest!

Randy Step is the creator and founder of the Dances With Dirt Series and has been an endurance athlete for decades.

 All runners receive a gender specific technical shirt, finisher’s medal, post race refreshments and awards are plentiful in 5-year age divisions.  See website for specifics on registration costs and deadlines.

Post race refreshments will be provided immediately following the first finishers and will include a variety of fruit, bagels, muffins and more.  Hot food and additional refreshments will be provided at the finish area from 2 pm – 6 pm.  All races start and finish in the same area, with plenty of bathroom facilities at the start. .

A majority of the athletes come from Miami, FL and a smattering of other locations. Tampa International Airport is the closet airport and there are hotels close to the start of the event. Family members are given the chance to help at an aid station or other area and FL has some great stuff for kids if you choose to venture away from the race site!

The course is mainly flat but could be wet and does venture of the trail a bit.  It would be a good idea to train on some trails especially after it has rained so as not to be concerned about running through potential mud and/or wet areas. You should follow/pay attention to the course markings and NOT the person in front of you.  Remember to look up and appreciate the beauty of the area!  Plan on getting a bit wet and/or muddy and have fun! The course is clearly marked with different color ribbons.  Runners are given advanced notice as to which color they are to follow.  Signs are also used.

Aid can be found every 3 – 5 miles and will contain some and/or all of the following items – bananas, pbj, energy gel, water, electrolyte replacement beverages, coke, potatoes, trail mix, cookies & chips.

Budget Items for summary of costs:

  • Race entry Fee Begins at $29 early for the 10K and up from there for longer races and later registration. Please visit www.danceswithdirt.com for complete details.
  • Hotel ~$119
  • How many dinners/ meals to buy will vary.
  • Transportation flight cost or gas will vary.
  • Rental Car Requirements will vary.  

Grocery stores are within 10 miles of the race site.  Cell coverage is generally available in the area. There is no official race photographer on the course.

This is a unique opportunity to see a beautiful part of Florida and its wilderness where you otherwise likely would not venture.  The atmosphere is both fun and competitive, the course challenging while doable and participants can choose from distances ranging from 10K – 50 Miles as a team or individually.

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